Sunday 6th May
This is my anniversary post - a year to the day since I started my blog. Today was a bit unusual. My visit was between 10.45 and 12.45 and instead of going straight to New Hythe I decided to pay a visit to Holborough Marshes Kent Wildlife Trust reserve that is adjacent to New Hythe. I was hoping to find Man Orchid - a little early but I did find 3 starting to bloom.
MAN ORCHID - HOLBOROUGH MARSH NR NEW HYTHE
In addition to the Orchids I heard 1 Nightingale, 1 Cettis and saw 2 Kingfisher. Also 1 Water Vole, 2 Orange Tip (male and female) and a Green Veined White (my first this year)
GREEN VEINED WHITE - HOLBOROUGH
It wasn't long however before I was down the road at New Hythe. Here, befitting of my year doing the blog, I had a New Hythe first - a Grizzled Skipper in the east scrub near the pylon - really pleased with that.
GRIZZLED SKIPPER - EAST SCRUB
2 Slow Worm were also in the east scrub, 1 Red Admiral in the West Scrub, 3 Nightingale, 1 Swift 6 Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warbler were seen in my brief visit. Also managed to snap this showy Blackcap.
BLACKCAP NEAR THE SCRAPE